SADLER’S Wells had a profound impact, developing one of the most powerful branches of Northern Dancer’s line, and yet of his 294 stakes-winning offspring only Liscanna (dam of Brave Anna and Hit It A Bomb) was a pattern winning sprinter beyond the age of two.

The feats of his son Galileo surpass his own amazing achievements, and the dual Derby hero, who took over his sire’s position as the chief headliner for Coolmore Stud, has supplied over 330 stakes winners and counting: a source of top-class milers, middle-distance horses and stayers.